The Boston Celtics and Brooklyn Nets will face off in the first round of the NBA Playoffs. Both teams, though, are also keeping their eyes on the sidelines. Ben Simmons and Robert Williams are looking to bounce back from injury and help their teams advance in the NBA playoffs.
Williams has been one of the most valuable players because of his amazing defense. His meniscus injury makes them a less formidable opponent. The Celtics’ injury report still listing him is bad news for them.
The Celtics did get some good news from ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, who said that Williams has a very good possibility to return in their series against the Nets. Boston’s president of basketball operations Brad Stevens has a more harsh outlook on his young center’s return, which he shared on the radio.
Robert Williams update from Brad Stevens on @Toucherandrich: “he’s progressed well. He’s not been cleared for contact … he’s got a ways to go. I’m comfortable with the timeline we put out.”
— Chris Forsberg (@ChrisForsberg_) April 14, 2022
Willaims averaged 10.0 points, 9.6 rebounds and 2.2 blocks per game this season. His versatility on defense gives him a legitimate All-Defensive Team case. With Simmons’ return appearing to be some time midway through the series, the Celtics will be hoping they can get their defensive star back. Taking care of the Nets will be no easy feat with Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving continuing to thrive.
Nets guard Bruce Brown stoked the flames of the series’ intensity when he said that Boston is more vulnerable without Williams. When. the Celtics injury report no longer has Williams, Brooklyn could be in some serious trouble.